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Recommendation made to fire Selma City School leaders

Still Employed?: Selma City School Superintendent of Education Gerald Shirley is pictured at a State Board of Education meeting in early February where the board voted to takeover the Selma City School System.  (Jay Sowers | Times-Journal)

Selma City School Superintendent of Education Gerald Shirley is pictured at a State Board of Education meeting in early February where the board voted to takeover the Selma City School System. (Jay Sowers | Times-Journal)

The person in charge of state’s intervention of the Selma City Schools made public Wednesday his recommendation to officially fire suspended Superintendent of Education Gerald Shirley, curriculum coordinator Wanda McCall and testing coordinator Mamie Solomon.

Interim superintendent of education Larry DiChiara said he sent a letter to State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice Tuesday recommending the terminations.

Shirley, McCall and Solomon were all placed on administrative leave in February soon after the state moved to take over the Selma City School System.

“Those employees were also sent certified letters [Tuesday] informing them of my intentions,” DiChiara wrote. “We now wait to see if they will challenge the recommendation.”

Bice has received the recommendation, but has not made a final decision on the recommendation. DiChiara said he waiting to see whether they contest the recommendation or not.

DiChiara said Wednesday Shirley, McCall and Solomon have 15 days to request a hearing. He said Thursday that McCall and Solomon have requested a hearing.

In addition, three other individuals who are currently employed in the Selma City School system received official letters of reprimand documenting their actions, state polices or both. Another three people would have received some type of punishment, but they are currently no longer in employed in the school district. Two of those employees have since retired while the other — Latangelia Williams — is in jail.

“This allows to now begin looking forward and focus on the many positive things that are happening in Selma City School today and the great things that we are confident will be happening in the future,” DiChiara stated in a text message.